Midreshet Rachel Student Activities
Special Community Service Program
One afternoon per week, Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya students put their learning into action by participating in their chosen community service projects. These projects range from working with children from disadvantaged families to answering phones on a crisis counseling hot line. Each student works with our community service/chesed coordinator to find a placement that is right for her. Periodic seminars on issues raised by these projects give the participants an opportunity to discuss and grow from their experiences.
Monthly study tours open us up to a side of the Land of Israel most tourists never experience. Expert guides make the Torah come alive as, Tanach in hand, they take us to the scene of biblical events. They help us deepen our understanding of Jewish history in a way no classroom session would. Tiyulim strengthen our connection with the Land of Israel as well as with each other. Of course, we keep to the highest standards of security.
Several times a year, the whole student body, including spouses, children, and some staff members, spend a Shabbat together — sometimes in Jerusalem and sometimes in a community outside of it. These special Shabbatot are opportunities to enjoy each other’s company as a community, to meet staff members and their families in an informal setting, and to see a new side of Israel. They are often devoted to exploring an aspect of Torah in a way only possible in a Shabbat atomsphere.
Every Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya wedding, Sheva Brachot, Vort, Shabbat Kallah, and Tichel party is a family celebration. Each brings a special feeling to the school for weeks in advance. We not only learn, but also dance, sing, and celebrate together. Classes in topics like “Eishet Chayil,” “Joy in Chassidut,” “Interpersonal Relationships,” and “The Jewish Life Cycle” come alive when integrated with a real-life simcha.